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Makers Must Face Claims ‘Flushable’ Wipes Damaged Sewers

Sept. 29, 2016, 8:33 PM

Procter & Gamble Co., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and other makers of personal wipes sold as “flushable” must face claims by Minnesota and Wisconsin municipalities alleging they incurred costs to fix clogged sewer systems (City of Wyoming v. Procter & Gamble Co., D. Minn., No. 15-02101, 9/28/16).

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Sept. 28 denied most of the defendants’ dismissal motion.

The municipalities alleged the defendants represented to consumers and the public that the wipes were literally flushable, but they aren’t.

The wipes don’t break down like toilet paper and, as a result, wrap around sewer ...